Casablanca and Kansas City are IEEE’s Newest Smart Cities

Casablanca, Morocco, and Kansas City, Mo., have been selected as IEEE Core Smart Cities from the 15 cities that applied. The core category means the cities are able to build on existing plans to develop a smart city, have the funding to carry out those plans, are willing to share their knowledge and experience, and can form multidisciplinary working groups. The two join Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; and Wuxi, China. The five cities are part of IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative, a global, multidisciplinary effort to help municipalities apply information technology to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

“Casablanca and Kansas City join a select group of the world’s municipalities that are evolving to meet increased urban population growth,” said Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, in a news release. “They are doing so through the intelligent use of multi-disciplinary technologies to support city systems in a sustainable and responsible way that offers citizens a high quality of life.”

The cities must also engage local universities to work on their smart-city projects and local IEEE chapters or sections must be willing to help supervise the activities. IEEE in turn will support the cities in producing white papers, developing massive open online courses (MOOCs) describing, for example, the elements for developing a smart city as the city sees it, and organizing an international smart cities conference every two years.

Representatives from all five cities attended an integration workshop held at the first IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, which took place from 25 to 28 October in Guadalajara.